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Form 8879-PE (2017)
Future Developments
Partner or Member
• Provide the partner or member with a
corrected copy of the Form 8879-PE if
For the latest information about
changes are made to the return (for
developments related to Form 8879-PE
example, based on the partner or
The partner or member will:
and its instructions, such as legislation
member’s review).
• Verify the accuracy of the partnership’s
enacted after they were published, go to
• See Pub. 4163 for more information.
return of partnership income;
• Check the appropriate box in Part II to
Purpose of Form
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice. We
either authorize the ERO to enter the
ask for the information on this form to
partner or member’s PIN or choose to
A partner or member and an electronic
carry out the Internal Revenue laws of
enter it in person;
return originator (ERO) use Form 8879-PE
the United States. You are required to
when the partner or member wants to use
• Indicate or verify his or her PIN when
give us the information. We need it to
a personal identification number (PIN) to
authorizing the ERO to enter it (the PIN
ensure that you are complying with these
electronically sign a partnership’s
must be five digits other than all zeros);
laws and to allow us to figure and collect
electronic return of partnership income. A
the right amount of tax.
• Sign, date, and enter his or her title in
partner or member who doesn’t use Form
Part II; and
You aren’t required to provide the
8879-PE must use Form 8453-PE, U.S.
Partnership Declaration for an IRS e-file
information requested on a form that is
• Return the completed Form 8879-PE
Return. For more information, see the
subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act
to the ERO. The acceptable delivery
instructions for Form 8453-PE.
unless the form displays a valid OMB
methods include hand delivery, U.S.
control number. Books or records
mail, private delivery service, email,
Don’t send this form to the IRS. The
relating to a form or its instructions must
Internet website, and fax.
ERO must retain Form 8879-PE.
be retained as long as their contents
The partnership’s return won’t be
ERO Responsibilities
may become material in the
transmitted to the IRS until the ERO
administration of any Internal Revenue
receives the partner or member’s signed
The ERO will:
law. Generally, tax returns and return
Form 8879-PE.
information are confidential, as required
• Enter the name and employer
by Internal Revenue Code section 6103.
Important Notes for EROs
identification number of the partnership
at the top of the form;
The time needed to complete and file
• Don’t send Form 8879-PE to the IRS
this form will vary depending on
• Complete Part I using the amounts
unless requested to do so. Retain the
individual circumstances. The estimated
(zero may be entered when appropriate)
completed Form 8879-PE for 3 years
burden for business taxpayers filing this
from the partnership’s 2017 return of
from the return due date or IRS received
form is approved under OMB control
partnership income;
date, whichever is later. Form 8879-PE
number 1545-0123 and is included in the
can be retained electronically in
• Enter on the authorization line in Part II
estimates shown in the instructions for
accordance with the recordkeeping
the ERO firm name (not the name of the
their business income tax return.
guidelines in Rev. Proc. 97-22, which is
individual preparing the return) if the
Comments. You can send us comments
on page 9 of Internal Revenue Bulletin
ERO is authorized to enter the partner or
from Or
1997-13 at
member’s PIN;
you can write to the Internal Revenue
• Give the partner or member Form
Service, Tax Forms and Publications
• Enter the partner or member’s PIN on
8879-PE for completion and review
Division, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW,
the input screen only if the partner or
(acceptable delivery methods include
IR-6526, Washington, DC 20224. Don’t
member has authorized you to do so.
hand delivery, U.S. mail, private delivery
send the form to this office.
service, email, Internet website, and fax);
• Provide the partner or member with a
copy of the signed Form 8879-PE upon
• Complete Part III, including a signature
and date.
The ERO must receive the
completed and signed Form
8879-PE from the partner or
member before the electronic
return is transmitted (or released for


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